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Governance

Breaking barriers: Trustee diversity

Trustee boards lack diversity because there is a lack of role models, because breaking into a non-diverse trustee board is challenging and unwittingly hostile, according to executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at The Pensions Regulator, which is committed to supporting pension funds to improve diversity and inclusion and will produce best practice guidance on board composition.
Manager Relationships

India’s NIIF gathers steam

India’s new sovereign development fund has raised a further £1.3 billion, on top of the government's $3 billion, to finance domestic infrastructure and growth. Key to its success is the unique investor-owned structure, similar to Australia's IFM Investors, and generous co-investment terms.
Governance

Challenges for Germany’s pension funds

Opportunities exist to improve portfolio efficiency among Germany’s pension funds, but it will create additional governance requirements. The conservatism of the portfolios is seemingly more difficult to move and reflects the higher degree of comfort required by German investors. Head of investments in Germany for Willis Towers Watson argues it is important to note that the short-term comfort this may provide may well come at a long-term cost.
Governance

The importance of board education

Art Alfaro is executive director of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, , the largest provider of pension trustee training and continuing education for pension system trustees and administrators in Texas, beelieves the trustees and administrators behind Texas’s 93 retirement systems illustrate how board education pays off.
Fees

Active US large cap adds nothing

Active investing in US large caps has detracted value from US pension fund portfolios and exposures should be indexed, according to new research by CEM Benchmarking. This could result in huge cost savings and have implications for how pension funds spend their active budget.
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